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California Scouting – AB 506


Letter Written December 21, 2021:

Dear Scouting Family,

As we have announced in our weekly newsletters, California Law AB 506 (“AB 506) is taking effect on January 1, 2022 and will support our mission to protect youth in our program from neglect and abuse.
Working with the other Scout Councils in California, we have created the California Scouting web portal (www.CaliforniaScouting.org) that will be your point of reference to help answer your questions about AB 506 and connect you with the resources you will need to fully comply with the law. Please note that the website is subject to change as we learn more and fully set up all its functions.

The law requires employees, administrators, and volunteers of Youth Service Organizations to complete training in child abuse & neglect reporting and undergo Live Scan background checks. All registered BSA volunteer positions, administrators and employees including camp staff must comply with AB 506. In addition, regular volunteers, defined by AB 506 as volunteers who are 18 years of age or older and who have direct contact with, or supervision of, children for more than 16 hours a month or 32 hours per year, must complete the training and background check as well. For questions regarding whether your specific position requires training and background checks, please visit the FAQ page.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Sandy Van Wyk at 562-684-3165 or by email at sandy.vanwyk@scouting.org.